“Colored Water: Dixie Through Egyptian Eyes”


Dr. Ashraf El-Bayoumi
Author and Professor of Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry

*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Colored Water: Dixie Through Egyptian Eyes weaves a tale through a series of insightful, humorous, and profound experiences of the author, Dr. Ashraf El-Bayoumi, during the 1950s, who was then a bright-eyed, curious, and intelligent Egyptian graduate student in chemistry. It begins just prior to his departure from Alexandria, Egypt and ends after his arrival to Tallahasee, Florida for post-graduate studies.

This memoir offers uncommon and thought provoking cross-cultural observations on segregation, the “American Dream”, race, identity, science, sexuality, love, academia, religion, tradition, personal freedom, social status, and class during the 1950s.

While written from the perspective of an Egyptian living in America for the first time, anyone who has found themselves immersed in an entirely new and different culture can identify with the contrast between preconceived notions and actual experiences and impressions one has while away from the ‘motherland’ and thrown into the “unfamiliar”.

Copies of Colored Water: Dixie Through Egyptian Eyes will be available for purchase at the event.


Author Bio
Dr. Ashraf El-Bayoumi was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1934. Now a retired professor of Physical Chemistry and Biochemistry with a specialization in Molecular Spectroscopy and Excited State Dynamics, he studied, conducted research, and held teaching positions at Alexandria University (Egypt), Florida State University, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. El-Bayoumi has been married to Dr. Soheir Morsy, a retired Professor of Medical Anthropology, for over 60 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. He has always been dedicated to human rights and social justice activism, is a frequent commentator on regional and international politics and social issues, and is a co-founder of the Alexandria Human Rights Association (Egypt).


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